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Specializes in Ophthalmology
146 Industrial Park Road
Plymouth, MA
 

Dr. Claudia Richter sees patients in Waltham, MA, Plymouth, MA, and Boston, MA. Her medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Richter is 4.5 stars out of 5. In her practice, Dr. Richter focuses on glaucoma, comprehensive ophthalmology, and cataracts. Dr. Richter is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Richter attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Her medical residency was performed at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. She has received the following distinctions: Boston Super Doctors; Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society Honor Award 1993, Amer Academy Of Ophthalmology; and Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Richter (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Russian. Dr. Richter is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Anterior Segment Diseases, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts, Glaucoma

Dr. James W Hung, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
146 Industrial Park Road
Plymouth, MA
 

Dr. James Hung is an ophthalmologist in Boston, MA, Beverly, MA, and Plymouth, MA. He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He trained at Georgetown University Hospital for his residency. Dr. Hung's clinical interests encompass glaucoma and cataracts. Dr. Hung's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Mandarin. He is affiliated with Beverly Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
146 Industrial Park Road
Plymouth, MA
 

Dr. Bradford Shingleton is an ophthalmologist. Before performing his residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Dr. Shingleton attended the University of Michigan Medical School. His clinical interests include glaucoma and cataracts. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Shingleton has received professional recognition including the following: Boston Super Doctors; Charles B Cannon Memorial Prize Senior Book Prize Graduate With Honors, Univ Michigan Med Schl; and Summa Cum Laude Graduate, Princeton Univ. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Shingleton's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Laser Treatment, Cataracts, Glaucoma

Dr. Laura C Fine, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
146 Industrial Park Road
Plymouth, MA
 

Dr. Laura Fine works as an ophthalmologist in Boston, MA, Waltham, MA, and Plymouth, MA. Patient ratings for Dr. Fine average 4.5 stars out of 5. In her practice, Dr. Fine focuses on glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Fine is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Fine accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Tufts Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients. After attending the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Distinctions awarded to Dr. Fine include: Phi Beta Kappa Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship 2002-3 and Oliver Memorial Prize-Best Ophthalmology Student At University Of Pennsylvania.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
146 Industrial Park Road
Plymouth, MA
 

Dr. Jody Judge works as an ophthalmologist in Framingham, MA, Cambridge, MA, and Plymouth, MA. On average, patients gave Dr. Judge a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetic eye exam, glaucoma, and comprehensive ophthalmology. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Judge attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Boston Medical Center for residency. Her professional affiliations include Mount Auburn Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Tufts Medical Center. She welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Diabetic Eye Exam, Cornea Problems, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts, Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
146 Industrial Park Road
Plymouth, MA
 

Dr. Michael Oats works as an ophthalmologist in Sandwich, MA, West Yarmouth, MA, and Plymouth, MA. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), glaucoma, and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Oats is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Oats is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Tufts Health Plan. He welcomes new patients. He attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He has received the following distinction: *additional Board Certification In Emergency Medicine*.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery

Specializes in Ophthalmology
146 Industrial Park Road
Plymouth, MA
 

Dr. Stephen Rostler's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Rostler include glaucoma, cataract surgery, and comprehensive ophthalmology. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. After attending Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Rostler completed his residency training at Boston Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Russian. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Rostler has an open panel.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataract Surgery, Glaucoma, Anterior Segment Surgery

Specializes in Ophthalmology
146 Industrial Park Road
Plymouth, MA
 

Dr. Daniel Oconnor is an ophthalmologist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Oconnor include glaucoma and cataracts. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Tufts Health Plan, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. He is a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Oconnor trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) for his residency. He has received the distinction of National Eye Institute Arvo Scholarship.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

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What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a progressive eye disease that occurs when drainage canals within the eye become clogged or blocked. Fluid builds up within the eye, and the increasing pressure damages the optic nerve. It is the second leading cause of blindness in the United States and the primary cause of blindness among African Americans.

The most common form of glaucoma, accounting for more than 90% of all cases, is called open-angle glaucoma. In open-angle glaucoma, the drainage canals become clogged but are not blocked entirely. Because some fluid is still able to drain, people with this type of glaucoma may feel fine and not have any symptoms for years after the onset of the disease. Later on, patients will notice a loss of peripheral vision, or darkness and blurriness at the sides of their visual field. When they look straight at something, their vision will be as good as it ever was. Unfortunately, by this time, the glaucoma is already at a severe stage, and without treatment it can lead to complete blindness.

There are other, less common types of glaucoma. Angle-closure glaucoma is an acute form of glaucoma that comes on very suddenly. The drainage canals become blocked and pressure within the eye rises very rapidly. Patients will have a sudden loss of vision along with headaches or nausea. This type of glaucoma needs to be treated right away. Rarely, children can be born with glaucoma or develop it in infancy. Babies with glaucoma may shy away from bright lights, be irritable, or have poor appetites.

Because glaucoma most often does not have symptoms in the early stages, it is important to have regular eye exams to check for glaucoma, especially if you are at risk. High risk groups include African Americans, Latinos, people with diabetes, and anyone over age 60. An eye doctor can check for glaucoma in several different ways. A visual field test checks for loss of peripheral vision. A dilated eye exam allows the doctor to see the optic nerve and inspect it for damage. A test called tonometry, in which a tiny puff of air is blown at the eye, checks the pressure within the eye and screens specifically for glaucoma.

Once you have a diagnosis, treatment depends on the type and stage of glaucoma that you have. Most people with glaucoma treat it with medicated eye drops. These drops help decrease fluid production within the eye and increase drainage. If medications aren’t enough, another option is to have surgery to open up the drainage canals. Although surgery can halt the progression of glaucoma, it cannot restore vision that has already been lost to the disease.
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